Thursday, December 16, 2010
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Jon Hope - WaterFire: Collection of Emotions - Listen and Download
John Hope is a prolific MC from Providence, RI. YES, there are Black People there-(you should realize that there are Black Folk in Wyoming, England & Sweden too and stfu about where we at!) and YES John Hope is worth listening to. big ass CO SINE!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
This is their explanation of why the "poor arabs" turned to Islam.
Click the HERE to see it in its entirety
Monday, September 20, 2010
graffiti artists tagging a decrepit brick wall. To some, these are examples of mischief and
impending mayhem, but to others it is just Good Conduct."
Good Conduct is a streetwear label based in Brooklyn not too far where I (usually) attend classes at Pratt. The owner David Liew kicked it off last year to get into the streetwear market with a clean-line asthetic on good quality shirts.
I'm diggin the simpler design idea and hope to see them expand to where the logo isn't the main attraction.
The tech stuf: GoodConduct & facebook.com/goodconduct
To order in or outta town or see whats good with the new label..
For more information, send an e-mail to
Friday, September 17, 2010
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Saturday, August 21, 2010
I want eerybody to realize AGAIN. The lst time Iran attacked another country was in 1738 into India, where Nader Shah took the Koor-I-Noor.
Friday, August 20, 2010
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Sunday, July 18, 2010
Went out and about town this afternoon with Chris & Kathy (who talked about men the whole friggin time, yet if you're in the Bean-check the PRC @ BU
Crisis & Opportunity:
Documenting the Global Recession
July 6 – August 8, 2010
Opening reception, Thursday, July 15th, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Produced by SocialDocumentary.net, this show features the work of four photographers who are the winners of a call for entries on the global recession that SDN announced in September 2009. The exhibit was first exhibited at powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn, NY, February 16-March 14.
First place winner is Tomasz Tomaszewski from Poland for his exhibit “Hades?”, an exploration of workers in Upper Silesia, Poland who are loosing their jobs and ways of life as a result of the global recession and economic restructuring.
The three honorable mentions are: Shiho Fukada's exhibit on a laborers town in Japan that has become a welfare town; Michael McElroy's exhibit focuses on the problem of affordable healthcare in the U.S. and loss of dignity; and Khaled Hasan's exhibit on about a stone workers community on the Indo-Bangla border.
For more information, see www.socialdocumentary.net/competition.php.
July 15, 2010: NASA-funded researchers are monitoring a big event in our planet's atmosphere. High above Earth's surface where the atmosphere meets space, a rarefied layer of gas called "the thermosphere" recently collapsed and now is rebounding again.
Thermosphere (atmosphere, 200px)
Layers of Earth's upper atmosphere. Credit: John Emmert/NRL. [larger image]
"This is the biggest contraction of the thermosphere in at least 43 years," says John Emmert of the Naval Research Lab, lead author of a paper announcing the finding in the June 19th issue of the Geophysical Research Letters (GRL). "It's a Space Age record."
The collapse happened during the deep solar minimum of 2008-2009—a fact which comes as little surprise to researchers. The thermosphere always cools and contracts when solar activity is low. In this case, however, the magnitude of the collapse was two to three times greater than low solar activity could explain.
"Something is going on that we do not understand," says Emmert.
The thermosphere ranges in altitude from 90 km to 600+ km. It is a realm of meteors, auroras and satellites, which skim through the thermosphere as they circle Earth. It is also where solar radiation makes first contact with our planet. The thermosphere intercepts extreme ultraviolet (EUV) photons from the sun before they can reach the ground. When solar activity is high, solar EUV warms the thermosphere, causing it to puff up like a marshmallow held over a camp fire. (This heating can raise temperatures as high as 1400 K—hence the name thermosphere.) When solar activity is low, the opposite happens.
Lately, solar activity has been very low. In 2008 and 2009, the sun plunged into a century-class solar minimum. Sunspots were scarce, solar flares almost non-existent, and solar EUV radiation was at a low ebb. Researchers immediately turned their attention to the thermosphere to see what would happen.
Thermosphere (graphs, 550px)
These plots show how the density of the thermosphere (at a fiducial height of 400 km) has waxed and waned during the past four solar cycles. Frames (a) and (c) are density; frame (b) is the sun's radio intensity at a wavelength of 10.7 cm, a key indicator of solar activity. Note the yellow circled region. In 2008 and 2009, the density of the thermosphere was 28% lower than expectations set by previous solar minima. Credit: Emmert et al. (2010), Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L12102.
How do you know what's happening all the way up in the thermosphere?
Emmert uses a clever technique: Because satellites feel aerodynamic drag when they move through the thermosphere, it is possible to monitor conditions there by watching satellites decay. He analyzed the decay rates of more than 5000 satellites ranging in altitude between 200 and 600 km and ranging in time between 1967 and 2010. This provided a unique space-time sampling of thermospheric density, temperature, and pressure covering almost the entire Space Age. In this way he discovered that the thermospheric collapse of 2008-2009 was not only bigger than any previous collapse, but also bigger than the sun alone could explain.
One possible explanation is carbon dioxide (CO2).
Thermosphere (cooling, 200px)
An NCAR video shows how carbon dioxide warms the lower atmosphere, but cools the upper atmosphere. [more]
When carbon dioxide gets into the thermosphere, it acts as a coolant, shedding heat via infrared radiation. It is widely-known that CO2 levels have been increasing in Earth's atmosphere. Extra CO2 in the thermosphere could have magnified the cooling action of solar minimum.
"But the numbers don't quite add up," says Emmert. "Even when we take CO2 into account using our best understanding of how it operates as a coolant, we cannot fully explain the thermosphere's collapse."
According to Emmert and colleagues, low solar EUV accounts for about 30% of the collapse. Extra CO2 accounts for at least another 10%. That leaves as much as 60% unaccounted for.
In their GRL paper, the authors acknowledge that the situation is complicated. There's more to it than just solar EUV and terrestrial CO2. For instance, trends in global climate could alter the composition of the thermosphere, changing its thermal properties and the way it responds to external stimuli. The overall sensitivity of the thermosphere to solar radiation could actually be increasing.
"The density anomalies," they wrote, "may signify that an as-yet-unidentified climatological tipping point involving energy balance and chemistry feedbacks has been reached."
Important clues may be found in the way the thermosphere rebounds. Solar minimum is now coming to an end, EUV radiation is on the rise, and the thermosphere is puffing up again. Exactly how the recovery proceeds could unravel the contributions of solar vs. terrestrial sources.
"We will continue to monitor the situation," says Emmert.
For more information see Emmert, J. T., J. L. Lean, and J. M. Picone (2010), Record-low thermospheric density during the 2008 solar minimum, Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L12102.
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The prosecution was forced to drop charges after a ruling in late April by Judge Thomas Gainer, Jr. threw out blood-alcohol evidence against Ardelean, saying it was obtained illegally.
Family members expressed outrage at the ruling.
"It's difficult to watch Ardelean walk out and knowing he's free," said Victoria Lagunas, cousin of Erick Lagunas, 21, who was killed in the crash. "Obviously that man has no heart and no conscience . . . I don't believe he's going to dwell on this."
On Thanksgiving Day 2007, Ardelean was captured on video taking at least five shots at the Martini Ranch Bar before driving away. The subsequent wreck killed Lagunas and 22-year-old Miguel Flores.
Seven hours after the accident, Ardelean's supervising officer, Lt. John Magruder, noticed Ardelean's eyes were bloodshot and his breath smelled of alcohol. He ordered a Breathalyzer test. Ardelean blew a .032, but prosecution experts were prepared to testify that at the time of the accident, his blood-alcohol must have been at least twice the legal limit of .08.
But other officers at the scene of the accident testified that they had seen no evidence that Ardelean was drunk.
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And Judge Gainer, a notoriously pro-police judge who ruled in favor of three cops caught beating two men on surveillance tape, threw the Breathalyzer evidence out. He argued that Lt. Magruder's testimony wasn't credible, and that as a result, there was no probable cause to order the blood-alcohol test.
Without that evidence, the Cook County State's Attorney's office couldn't go on with its case. From a statement:
"Regrettably, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office today dismissed charges of Aggravated DUI and Reckless Homicide against Chicago Police Officer John Ardelean, who was charged with causing an automobile crash that killed Miguel Flores and Erick Lagunas on November 22, 2007.
"A court ruling in this case last month quashed Officer Ardelean's arrest and suppressed key blood alcohol evidence that would have been required to enable the prosecution to meet its burden of proof and proceed with the case in good faith.
"As tragic as this case is for the victims and their families, prosecutors have a legal and ethical obligation to only pursue cases in which there is sufficient evidence to meet that burden."
The family may proceed with a civil suit. Meanwhile, the Chicago Police Department issued a statement saying that its "internal investigation of this incident remains open. Officer Ardelean is currently on administrative duty and relieved of police powers."
Watch the victim's family react to the ruling:
Friday, May 28, 2010
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Being the man I am, I'm pushing old & new stuff on an EP called "SkuleWerk". Named for the momentum I used to finish a degree just the other day (!) this EP is available to yawl for $6 Here, & Here, at Reverb Nation where T shirts, hard copy CDs & ring tones are also available!
any download problems hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
by Ed Hall
last modified 6 February 2008
"The budget should be balanced; the treasury should be refilled; public debt should be reduced; and the arrogance of public officials should be controlled." -Cicero. 106-43 B.C.
The purpose of this FAQ is to answer some of the questions which are asked by people visiting the U.S. National Debt Clock. If you have a question about the Debt Clock which isn't addressed here, please send me an e-mail and I'll do my best to answer it on this page.Q: To whom do we owe all this money? Who owns the Debt?
Of course, your suggestions are always welcome too!
A: Here is a pie chart showing the makeup, or ownership, of the National Debt as of December 1998.Q: What is the difference between the Debt and the Deficit?
As you can see, the largest slice of the pie, over 40%, is owed to the Federal Reserve, the central bank of the United States, and to other government accounts. BTW, The Fed is actually quasi-public (part private, part government) so calling it "part of the government" is not strictly true. You can find out more about The Fed by reading Wikipedia's excellent article.
The remaining 60% of the Debt is privately held by individuals, corporations, states, and foreign governments. As of November 2007, Japan ($580 billion), China ($390 billon) and the United Kingdom ($320 bilion) are the biggest foreign holders of our Debt.
The above chart information is from the June 1999 issue of the "Treasury Bulletin", a quarterly publication of the U.S. Treasury department's Financial Management Service. The Treasury Bulletin is the best place to find the latest information on this subject.
A: The National Debt is the total amount of money owed by the government; the federal budget deficit is the yearly amount by which spending exceeds revenue. Add up all the deficits (and subtract those few budget surpluses we've had) for the past 200+ years and you'll get the current National Debt.Q: How has the National Debt grown over time?
Politicians love to crow "The deficit is down! The deficit is down!" like it's a great accomplishment. Don't be fooled. Reducing the deficit just means we're adding less to the Debt this year than we did last year. Big deal -- we're still adding to the Debt. When are we going to start seeing the Debt actually go down?
A: The National Debt on January 1st 1791 was just $75 million dollars. Today, it rises by that amount every hour or so.Q: I looked at the Debt Clock yesterday and I think it showed a higher value than it does today. Is the Debt going down?
The following graph shows how the National Debt has grown year by year since 1940 in actual dollar amounts, uncorrected for inflation:
This data was gathered from the U.S. Treasury department's web site.
From time to time, I've gotten e-mail saying that the above graph is flawed -- it's just showing normal inflation. Well, I took the Debt numbers from the above graph and converted them all to 2000 dollars. Picking a different year would not have changed the shape of the graph below, just its height:
As you can see, except for a rise at the end of World War II, the Debt remained remarkably constant for nearly forty years when inflationary forces are taken into account. After 1983 however, with the notable exception of the Fiscal Years ending in September of 2000 and 2001, the trend has been upward even when inflation is taken into account.
A: Unfortunately, no. On average, the Debt is always rising but there are some day to day fluctuations which can cause the debt to actually go down for a day or two. The long term averages however, show that the Debt just keeps getting higher and higher.Q: When did the Debt pass the $8 trillion mark?
A: On October 18th 2005, the Outstanding Public Debt rose to $8,003,897,406,911.24 -- the first time it had risen above $8 trillion.Q: When did the Debt pass the $7 trillion mark?
A: On January 15th 2004, the Outstanding Public Debt jumped $13 billion to $7,001,852,607,623.35. This was the first time in history the U.S. National Debt surpassed the $7 trillion mark and came less than two years after the Debt first passed $6 trillion.Q: How accurate is your Debt Clock?
As a comparison, the National Debt took over six years to rise from $5 trillion to $6 trillion.
A: As accurate as I can make it! Every business day, the U.S. Treasury department releases new Debt figures for the previous day. I periodically get these figures and use them to adjust the Debt Clock's value so it remains accurate.Q: Can I put a link from my page to your Debt Clock page?
I, or rather the CGI code I wrote for the Debt Clock, then calculate the current value of the Debt by a simple linear extrapolation between the recent date's value and the value for the debt about a year previously.
I also get up to date population figures from the Census Department's Population Clock and use this to calculate each person's share of the total debt.
A: Of course! Please do! Just put the following snippet of HTML code of your page and you're all set:Q: What can we do about the Debt?
I do have one request though: Please do NOT put my GIF image of the current debt figure directly onto your page. First of all, the number will always be a little out of date due to the way my CGI program is written. Secondly, visitors to your site won't be able to read the rest of my page and learn more about the Debt. Lastly, (and most importantly to me =) you are giving the impression that you, not I, did all the work necessary to create and maintain the Debt Clock.
Visit the U.S. National Debt Clock
Thanks for your understanding and your cooperation.
A: Write or call your U.S. Senators and your Representative. Tell them your concerns and ask them what they're doing to reduce both the Deficit and the Debt. If you don't like their answers, vote them out of office!
Call the Concord Coalition, a group dedicated to eliminating federal budget deficits, at their toll-free number: 1-888-DEFICIT (1-888-333-4248) and ask them your questions. You may very well end up joining the Concord Coalition!
If either of your Senators or your Representative has a web page which discusses reducing the Debt (not just the deficit) and/or they have a link to my Debt Clock (I've heard that some do) drop me a line with their URL and I'll put together a list of "the Good Guys" in Congress.
Go back to the Debt Clock or go to Ed Hall's Home Page or mail me your comments.
Give yourself a Gold Star for reading all the way to the end. =)
Sunday, March 21, 2010
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Catching birds flying~
AND BAD BRAINS
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Thursday, February 18, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
As far as performing, havent done anything signifigant since Pratt, but def want to organize sth like a tour for summer, only asked twice-my grind is off but Its getting back up!
As far as product: Works in progress:
"Black Nationalist Porn" Split with Maf Maddix (twitter- @mafmaddix)Is purrrrty much done, with about 14 tracks, split evenly between us two, King Selam (@selamawitt, @kingselam, @dreadmighty) and we're plodding happily along with what we be doin!
Next is the new Off Da Wall project "Iron Reign" with Knowledge, Ransom & yours truly, with production by RusoKid, Unknown, and yours truly.
Lastly I'm slothenly doing a mixtape (as I always slothenly do) for 2010!
Looking for more splits/collabs right about now since I have recording access in my room & the schools digital design studio. SO holler.
And NOW, for something completely different: